JACK NICKLAUS: I think I'll be really good at it (laughter). I mean, John, I love playing golf. Don't get me wrong, because I do and there's nothing I've enjoyed more in my life than playing golf and being competitive and being part of what's going on. But when you're not part of the competitive part of it, it loses its glow. And I haven't been part of the competitive part of it for several years now, realistically. And to try and somewhat have to keep a golf game in shape, because I'm going to play The Masters next year or play in The British Open next year, or I'm going to play half a dozen senior tournaments or whatever I'm going to do isn't a lot of fun, because you know that you're not playing very well, you don't have any desire to work at it, you know you don't have a game that is going to be what you want. So the glow just sort of falls away from it.
Over the last couple of years I've started to spend more time doing other things and just say the heck with golf for a couple of months, I'm going to go do something else. I frankly really enjoyed that. And one of the things which I never thought I've said it here in the last few press conferences, is that I never realized my family is very close. Barbara and I have started a thing, I guess about a year ago, have started having the kids over on Sunday with their families for dinner. Many families around the world do that. We never did. I played golf every Sunday. So it never became anything. And frankly it's been wonderful. I've just enjoyed having the kids over and having the grandkids and having the house be torn apart (laughter), and you're watching them all like a hawk, because you never know where they're going to be or what they're going to get into. And that's been a lot of fun. And I really look forward to that. Something I never had to do before.
I think when I plan to go some place or do something, I can go do what I want to, not having to worry about having to get organized for the next golf game. If I could still play golf and could get organized and could go play, I'd certainly do that. But I've let that and I've tried a little bit over the last few years to do that, but I know my golf game isn't the same. My body doesn't like it.
I practice, I hit balls, and I'm miserable. After I go practice or play, the next 12 hours I don't feel very good, I'm just hurting. And that's not a way to be. I never did that before. I might hurt a little before, and go do my exercises, and I feel great. Today I go play golf, I go home and do my exercises and I still feel miserable. So that's not the way to really enjoy playing golf.
So I don't think I'll have any problem. I go home and I have a hard time filling a little bit of the void at home because when I'm at home before, I go to the office, I do my things I'm doing at home, but I always used to always go to the golf course, too, and get myself ready for the next time I play. And I go home now, I'm not getting myself ready for the next time I play, and what am I going to do today? I've got a little bit of that.
But when I'm on the road I'm busier than I've ever been. I don't think that I ever put 500 hours on my airplane, and I'll certainly put over 500 hours on the airplane this year, traveling around, doing golf course work and things. The reason obviously I don't is because I'd go one place and sit there for a week playing golf. So the plane would sit. Now I hit 4 or 5 or 6 stops in a week, so the plane is in the air and we do do more traveling. I don't think that's going to be a big problem for me.
Q. I just was wondering how you approach playing this golf course today as opposed to in '70, '80, '84, has the equipment allowed to play you virtually the same or not?
JACK NICKLAUS: This is the one golf course where I don't think outside of the tee shot at 4 and tee shot at 14, which are longer, but are almost marginally too long for me. Outside of that I don't think the golf course plays much differently. 13, I suppose a little bit, but not as much. I mean 13 doesn't have any forced carry type situations. If you hit it straight, you hit it straight. I suppose it is at 14, too. But I'm a little more dangerous at 14.
It's the one golf course where I can go back and play pretty much the same clubs that I played all my life, it's just a matter of execution and whether I can do that or not. That's why I like it.
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